Final Reminder: MTSD Annual Meeting Monday 7/21 7pm at HHS

The Mequon Thiensville School District will put the sale of its 111 acre parcel in west Mequon up for a vote at its July 21 Annual Meeting. All present who are qualified electors (citizens over the age of 18) will have a vote in the decision which, if approved, would authorize the MTSD Board of Education to put the property up for sale and approve a sale.

Electors will also vote on the proposed school district budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Information about the potential sale decision can be reviewed here. Click on the MTSD graphic in the center of the page and a lengthy document will open outlining the factors involved in the decision and a recommendation for what the District would do with a proceeds of a sale, if approved.

The annual meeting will be at 7:00pm Monday, July 21 in the Homestead High School Auditorium.

School Board, School District, The Schools

MTSD Ad Hoc Committee Report: “A Two-Part Approach”

After months of discussion, information gathering and investigation, the Ad Hoc Committee established in January 2014 has completed its recommendation to the School Board.  The recommendation will be discussed at a Working Board meeting from 5:30-7:30pm Tuesday, July 8 at the Range Line School conference room.  No decision on the report will be made, however, at the meeting.

According to the report, the “Committee has identified a two part approach, designed to both provide some additional revenue and cost cutting suggetions, and to spur action in our community to find ways to sustain the excellence of education in MTSD. ”  The report includes both short term actions to provide “sustenance” and longer term actions.

The report can be read in its entirety by clicking here.

School Board, School District, The Schools, Uncategorized

MTSD Ad Hoc Committee Findings to be Discussed July 8 at Working Meeting

After a dozen meetings since its formation in January, the 17-member MTSD Ad Hoc Committee has created a recommendation that was endorsed by each of its members, according to the minutes of the June 3 final meeting. The charge of the committee was to find a way to financially sustain the quality of the Mequon-Thiensville School District.

Committee members included Julia Burke, Jeffrey Clark, Kim Ebinger, David Fuchs, Celeste Giunta, Tracy Johnson, Joseph Martin, Elizabeth O’Connor, John Peterburs, Jim Popp, Tom Price, Jack Rooney, Bryan Sadoff, Patti Schulz and Drew Wallach. Brian Levy and Jon Safran served as co-chairmen. Members applied in November and were chosen for their expertise in areas including education, business, finance, analysis, marketing, and large-scale non-profit board governance.

The Report of the Committee will be discussed at a Working Board meeting Tuesday, July 8, now scheduled for 5:30pm in the Range Line Conference Room. Although the report will not be available for viewing until July 7, readers can click on this link later on Monday and look for the report, check our website later on July 7 to find the report posted there, or watch for a Facebook or Twitter link to the report from InformMT.

To read the minutes of the Ad Hoc Committee meetings, click here.

School Board, School District, The Schools

MTSD Property Sale To Be Voted On at July 21 Annual Meeting. YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO VOTE!

The Mequon Thiensville School District will put the sale of its 111 acre parcel in west Mequon up for a vote at its July 21 Annual Meeting. All present who are qualified electors (citizens over the age of 18) will have a vote in the decision which, if approved, would authorize the MTSD Board of Education to put the property up for sale and approve a sale.

Electors will also vote on the proposed school district budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Information about the potential sale decision can be reviewed here. Click on the MTSD graphic in the center of the page and a lengthy document will open outlining the factors involved in the decision and a recommendation for what the District would do with a proceeds of a sale, if approved.

The annual meeting will be at 7:00pm Monday, July 21 in the Homestead High School Auditorium.

School Board, School District, The Schools

Gathering on the Green This Weekend!

Don’t miss Mequon’s greatest summer music weekend! Performances by The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute on Friday and Mark Wood and Frank Almond on Saturday will celebrate Gathering on the Green’s 20th Anniversary in style!

Click here to see information on times, dates, the 5K run/walk, how to get tickets and vend
ors who will participate at Rotary Park.

The City

Family Fun Before the Fourth This Weekend!

Mequon-Thiensville’s annual Fourth of July Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, June 28. Festivities kick off at 10:30AM with a parade through downtown Thiensville. To see the entire schedule for the day and a list of sponsors, click here.

The City, The Village

Town Center Updates

If you haven’t driven past the Town Center project lately, you may have missed the crater just south of City Hall or the new locale of the former Mobil station. As the structure begins to take shape from below street level, so does the tenant list.

Previously announced tenants include Colectivo Coffee and the Ruby Tap Wine Bar. The Lowlands Group, LLC, part-owned by Homestead graduate Eric Wagner, is planning to a open a Cafe Hollander restaurant as well, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Additional tenants will include Sola Salon, Elements Massage, Health in Balance and Supercuts. There will also be office space in the building and 28 upper level apartments.

The site is being developed by WiRED Properties LLC and locally owned Shaffer Development LLC. For more info, click here.

The City

Trimester Schedule Continues Success

The MTSD Board of Education received an evaluation of the trimester schedule at its June 16 meeting. Implemented in 2012-13 after a year of preparation, the schedule was widely debated and criticized by some in the community when approved in July, 2011.

Results from this year reinforced and sometimes exceeded positive results received after the initial year on the schedule. According to the report, the “trimester schedule has allowed for continued improvement of the educational program at Homestead High School.”

Data included surveys of student attitudes toward the schedule, grades earned by students on the trimester schedule compared to the previous semester schedule and other measures of achievement and engagement. Also noted was the fact that the schedule change achieved the goal of being cost neutral.

The entire report can be read by clicking here.

School Board, School District, The Schools

Gathering on the Green Seeking High School Volunteers

Know a high school student who might be looking for service hours this summer–or just a chance to help out at a great community event? Gathering On the Green could use some help!

Volunteer hours are available during the week of July 7-13 at Rotary Park. Opportunities include:

Set Up in Rotary Park:
Monday, July 7 to Sunday, July 13
8:30AM to Noon OR 12:30PM to 4 PM.
During the Event opportunities including: grounds, greeters, parking passes, parking lot flaggers, etc
Friday, July 11, 4:30PM to 8:15PM
Saturday, July, 12 3:30PM to 8:15PM

Teens can enjoy the event and have the opportunity to complete service hours during the summer. To sign up, contact:
Kathy Drum, kdrumwi@yahoo.com or 414-351-4386
Volunteers receive an event t-shirt, tickets to the event and food & snacks available all day. If you don’t have teens in your house, feel free to forward this email!

The City

MTSD Property Sale To Be Voted On At July 21 Meeting

The Mequon Thiensville School District will put the sale of its 111 acre parcel in west Mequon up for a vote at its July 21 Annual Meeting. All present who are qualified electors (citizens over the age of 18) will have a vote in the decision which, if approved, would authorize the MTSD Board of Education to put the property up for sale and approve a sale.

Electors will also vote on the proposed school district budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

At two special board meetings in May, four options for use of potential sale proceeds were presented for consideration and a decision made. Based on their analysis, the recommendation is to pay down non-referendum debt of $1.6 myln currently held by the District. For background on the original land purchase, click here; for more info on the decision process, click here.

Several board members emphasized the importance of engaging citizens in this decision process, and as a result, the Annual Report from MTSD, which should be sent out any day, will include a detailed overview of the vote and potential use of its proceeds.

The annual meeting will be at 7:00pm Monday, July 21 in the Homestead High School Auditorium.

School Board, School District, The City, The Schools